Youchan is in his third year at BSB, having joined us in Year 8. Before starting, he was at a middle school in Korea. When he arrived, he joined our EAL programme and made very fast progress, resulting in him graduating from EAL at the end of Year 9 and starting English first language GCSEs in Year 10. The end of Year 9 also saw him receive a maths award for outstanding achievement.
This year, he has started his GCSE option subjects and is most enjoying studying economics as he has an interest in how different markets work. He also hopes to work in I.T. as a programmer, with the possibility of starting his own business. In Korea, he played for the under 19 bowling team Ebonite, and has continued this interest in sports at BSB through CCAs in badminton, basketball, and volleyball.
When reflecting on his time with us, he is amazed at the progress he has made, especially in terms of his English level, something helped by his international group of friends, which includes Korean, Chinese, Singaporean, Sri Lankan, and German students.
Teacher comment: “Youchan is growing in maturity, which is an excellent sign for his GCSE studies. For example, at the start of the year, he took on the responsibility of buddying a new student who had just arrived at BSB, which is a positive reflection upon his willingness to contribute to the overall school.”